“Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Doubt - Death - Disillusion?   I have grown tired of living in a world full of hate and hurt.  Whenever I begin to break out of such limited thinking and living, I found that so many negative energies seemingly exist just to put me back.  I'm often reminded that... "Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady"  … Continue reading “Pessimism is a Self-Fulfilling Malady”

Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

(So, this happened a year ago - but the experience is long-lasting)   Yep, I splurged a little, made a quick road trip to downtown Toledo, OH and was escorted by ushers to the FIRST ROW of the Valentine Theatre.  After a short wait, popcorn and a whiskey sour, the lights went out, and the performance … Continue reading Front Row at Alvin Ailey’s!

Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!

Once again it was on...  Umojah Nation!  We opened up for the legendary Morgan Heritage at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland.  So dope.  It was a hot night! I had to get a clip of one of my favorite reggae songs, No Haffi Dread... 'Got to believe in His Majesty Oh yes, His lineage and divinity … Continue reading Umojah Nation Opening for Morgan Heritage!

Everyone Makes Mistakes, Right?

My dear Sista in the arts and in the cosmos, Erykah Badu, seemed to make the mistake of her career.  Bad album?  Or photo shoot?  Nope.  Far beyond the awkward appearing relationships with the various fathers of her children.  In fact, who cares about that?!?  That is her business.  It doesn't affect her music, her … Continue reading Everyone Makes Mistakes, Right?

How George Duke Changed My Life

Well, the title may be a bit dramatic to taste, but this represents the power of art.  Sometimes it is simply a matter of influence. When I was just a grade school student I was introduced to jazz and reggae via my brother who to a large extent was influenced by our big sister's high … Continue reading How George Duke Changed My Life

Hill District – Pittsburgh, PA

Photos from my quick stop in Pittsburgh, PA's Hill District.  Home of great ancestors such as Art Blakey, August Wilson and EJ Josey.  There was a great shop called the Ujamaa Collective.  Click the logo to check out their site!  

Miss Simone – The “High Priestess of Soul”

I just watched an absolutely terrific film! Ok, let me back up just a bit... There's a singer we all know as the "High Priestess of Soul", right?  How about songs like I Loves You Porgy and Mississippi Goddam, and her gut-wrenching version of Strange Fruit.  We even know of her daughter's album and the rough time she … Continue reading Miss Simone – The “High Priestess of Soul”

Artist Profile: Flying Lotus

Spaced out, zoned out, disgusting, eclectic, deep, grungy, bright, fun, challenging, confusing, bold, electric music.  I can't even begin to put Flying Lotus into a category... Why bother? To categorize Flying Lotus kind of ruins the experience.  It starts to raise a certain level of expectation.  And although I do expect a lot out of … Continue reading Artist Profile: Flying Lotus

Lift Up the Smoke Screen! Umojah Nation CD Release

The long-awaited debut album for our reggae family called Umojah Nation is set!  Check the flyer for details and get Ready, Ready to join us!  - Peace http://www.umojahnation.com Joining us on stage will be throwback Umojah, Hybrid Shakedown and Passport Project http://www.umojahnation.com